Written by Grace Waters
Legend has it that there was once a time when Londoners had to plan their journeys across the city themselves, cross-referencing tube maps and bus timetables, ignorant of impromptu roadworks or tube closures. Wow, that sounds awful. Citymapper tells you the best way to get from A to B. Simple. If this is a sign of humanity’s descent into slavery to our digital overlords, we’re ok with that.
TripAdvisor’s slogan should be: Don’t go somewhere that sucks. London has a lot to offer - good and bad - and TripAdvisor is there to help you make the right decisions. The TripAdvisor app has a handy location based search too, helping you find the best attractions and eateries in your vicinity. Reap the wisdom of crowds to avoid the subpar.
Hailo, the taxi booking app, does just what it says on the tin. Much in the style of Uber, Hailo lets you see and hail available black cabs in your vicinity. Whilst it’s generally not difficult to find a cab in London, Hailo also has the benefit of allowing you to pay by card through the app.
Y Plan is the go-to app for discovering and booking exciting events across the city. With best price guarantees, access to sold out events, and VIP upgrades, you’d be daft not to download it.
London is fast becoming a leading foodie city, and thankfully there are apps to help you get the best out of it! Opentable allows you to search restaurants near you, read reviews, and book easily online. Most importantly, there are also some great savings to be had through special offers!
There’s no denying that London is an expensive city, but Vouchercloud has got you covered with a huge selection of savings for restaurants, bars, entertainment and days out. Simply download the app, find an discount code, and you’re good to go!
More appropriately known as Boris Bikes, London’s public bicycle sharing scheme is pretty cool. For a small fee, you can pick up a bike from one of the many docks across the city, cycle around to your heart’s content, and then return your bike to any other dock. The app is a useful way to find available bikes nearby, as well as bike spaces for returns.
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Once you’re in London and begin to accept how much the London Undergound rules your life, you’ll come to appreciate this simple little app. Much more that a map, this must-have piece of technology has up to date line statuses, a journey planner, and info about the last train times for each station.
There is nothing more frustrating that wandering the streets trying to find a cash machine. It’s a bit like buses - they’re always driving past, but never when you’re actually looking for one. Thankfully, this convenient app is here to save the day, showing you the ATM machines in your vicinity. It’s not rocket science, but it makes life so much easier!
If you’re into gigs, clubs and festivals (i.e. having a good time) this is the app for you. Dice provides cheap tickets with no booking fees, which get sent straight to your phone. No more excuses for missing out on London’s amazing live music scene!